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- Defining constitutional law
- Examining the three branches of government
- Identifying constitutional clauses that divide powers between national and state governments
- Defining the responsibilities and challenges of state and local governments
1. What Is Constitutional Law? - Definition & Example
Constitutional law deals with the understanding and use of the United States Constitution. This lesson will define and discuss constitutional law, while examining several famous constitutional law cases.
2. 'Necessary & Proper' and Interstate Commerce Clauses
The United States Constitution includes several important provisions that empower the United States Congress to make particular laws. This lesson explores the necessary and proper clause and the commerce clause.
3. Full Faith & Credit Clause: Definition & Examples
The Full Faith and Credit Clause was a key addition to the United States Constitution because it helped to unify the independent states. This lesson explains the Constitution's Full Faith and Credit Clause.
4. Privileges & Immunities Clause: Definition & Examples
The United States Constitution includes two privileges and immunities clauses. These clauses protect citizens' fundamental rights and prevent states from discriminating against out-of-state citizens. This lesson explores the use of the privileges and immunities clauses, including how these clauses are used in business relations.
5. Contracts Clause: Examples & Definition
The United States Constitution's Obligations of Contracts Clause was drafted in order to keep states from interfering with private contracts. This lesson explains the use of the Contracts Clause in business and how the interpretation of the Contracts Clause has changed over time.
6. The 3 Branches of Government: Executive, Legislative, Judicial
In 1787, leaders from each of the states gathered to write the United States Constitution. The Constitution sets out how our nation is governed and creates a system that separates powers between different branches. This lesson explores the three branches of our federal government.
7. Presidential Executive Order: Definition & Example
Presidential Executive orders are rules issued by the president to an executive branch of government. These orders are law. This lesson explains what Executive orders are and how they are used.
8. Division of Powers Between the National Government and the States
The U.S. Constitution uses federalism to divide governmental powers between the federal government and the individual state governments. This lesson explores this division of powers by looking at Supreme Court decisions.
9. What Is State Government? - Powers, Responsibilities & Challenges
The United States has a federal government and each of the 50 states has a state government. This lesson explains the organization of state governments, and explores the powers and responsibilities of state governments.
10. What Is Local Government? - Definition, Responsibilities & Challenges
Each of the 50 states has a state government. Within those states, each county and municipality also has a government. This lesson explains the organization of local governments and explores the powers and responsibilities of local governments.
11. The Speech or Debate Clause of the U.S. Constitution: Definition & Purpose
How do we protect legislators who voice an unpopular opinion? How far does this protection go? In this lesson, we'll check out the Speech or Debate Clause and see what the Constitution says about this issue.
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